State of Pennsylvania


*** NOTICE ***
This page includes a brief summary of provincial/state laws regulating ATV / Off-highway vehicle use current to April 2012. It is not intended as an absolute reference as laws are subject to change without notice and many potential prohibited acts may be covered by other legislation or statutes. It is recommended that you consult with the latest version of state statutes or provincial legislation.
General prohibited acts that may not be covered by specific OHV legislation include trespassing on private property, unlawful use of OHV on public highways, reckless use of off-highway vehicles, operation of off-highway vehicles while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, damage to public or private property or damage to natural habitats or protected areas which are all unlawful in every province and state.
Preamble

ATV's and other off-highway vehicles are regulated in the state of Pennsylvania under Title 75 of the Pennsylvania vehicle code. These statutes cover use of off-highway vehicles on public and private lands.

For more information on Pennsylvania ATV/OHV regulations, please download a copy of the Pennsylvania OHV Act.



Summary of legislation regulating ATV use


Titling required
All residents of Pennsylvania are required to title their off-highway vehicles.



Registration required
All residents of Pennsylvania are required to register their off-highway vehicle and display valid decals/plates on the vehicle.

Non-residents are required to register their off-highway vehicles unless they possess valid out-of-state registration and valid decals/plates from a state that also recognizes Pennsylvania registration.
Liability insurance required
All operators of off-highway vehicles operating on public lands are required to carry adequate liability insurance.



Helmet required
All operators of off-highway vehicles are required to wear DOT approved helmets at all times.



Restrictions on underage operators
No person under the age of 8 is permitted to operate off-highway vehicles on public land.

Operators aged 8 and 9 are restricted to operation of a off-highway vehicle with an engine size no more than 70cc.
Safety certificate required
No person under the age of 16 may operate a off-highway vehicle on public land without a valid OHV Safety Certificate



Safety equipment required
No off-highway vehicle may be operated without adequate brakes and a working muffler system with spark arrestor.



Operation on public roadway prohibited
Operation of off-highway vehicles on public roadways or highways is prohibited except to cross such roadways. Operation is permitted on any roadways designated as OHV routes.



Restrictions on operation during times of darkness
No ATV shall be operated without a lighted headlight and taillight from hour after sunset to hour before sunrise.



Accident reporting
All accidents involving off-highway vehicles resulting in injury or death or property damage are required to be reported to the nearest Department of Conservation office.




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OHV Registration / Permit
All residents of Pennsylvania are required to register their off-highway vehicle and display valid decals/plates on the vehicle. Registration is available at any Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources office.

Non-residents are required to register their off-highway vehicles unless they possess valid out-of-state registration and valid decals on the vehicle from a state that recognizes Pennsylvania registration. Registration is available at any Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources office.
For More Information
This page represents a general summary of applicable state laws which apply to the operation of an off-highway vehicle. Laws are subject to change and laws other than specific off-highway vehicle related laws may be in place which may directly or indirectly apply to the operation of a off-highway vehicle in certain circumstances. Please consult with your state statutes if you have any questions.

For more information on Pennsylvania ATV/OHV regulations, please download a copy of the Pennsylvania OHV Act.